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Portia Eastman, MPH, is a PHI/CDC Global Health Surveillance Fellow, working with the Division for Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Entomology Branch. Together with the Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI) Vector Monitoring and Control Team (VMCT), she is evaluating the success and potential gaps of Community Mosquito Collector programs to determine how they can be leveraged for vector control decision making. Portia earned her MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health with a certificate in Global Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Global and Environmental Health Studies from the University of Rhode Island. Portia previously worked for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management conducting statewide mosquito surveillance with the Mosquito Abatement Program. Her master’s field research with Columbia University’s Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology was a study assessing the factors most associated with the adoption of personal protective behaviors against ticks and tick-borne diseases. Portia is excited to join the PMI team and is looking forward to her work in evaluating and improving community-based vector control programs.

The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program is implemented for CDC by the Public Health Institute and its partner Consortium of Universities for Global Health.


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